Listening to your body & taking rest

Well hello there, B2B readers! Happy, happy Friday 🙂 What’s going on this weekend? Any fun plans? Mine is relatively open, besides a girls night at my place tonight with Danielle, Amy and Rachel! I’m so excited to finally have people over and to check out a restaurant or bar in the area.

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Anyway! On top of being excited about having the girls over tonight, I am excited to have a few days off from teaching. I don’t know what it is, but this week has totally kicked my butt. Actually, when I really think about it, I have felt completely beat ever since before my move, which is going on 3 weeks at this point. Something about that just isn’t right… or normal. I am one who generally has loads of energy and can push through two-a-days at the gym like it’s my job (haha, I guess it kinda is my job!), but lately, I find myself really lacking in energy. I’m not sleeping well, yet I pretty much have to drag myself out of bed every morning. I’m exhausted, yet I’ve continued to workout. Anyone who’s read my weekly workout posts can probably agree that I don’t give myself enough rest, which generally doesn’t bother me, but lately I’ve felt like I’ve been pushing myself too much.

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My old injuries have been popping up (shoulder, hip flexors, knee, shin… the list goes on and on), which can only mean I’ve been overworking them and it’s their way of showing me it’s time to slow down, right? Even though I could push through these little injuries and ice after every workout and foam roll the life out of me, is it worth it? Probably not. If I don’t listen to my body and take the rest it clearly needs, will I likely get more injured? Probably.

So, with that said, I’ve decided to take at least Friday-Sunday off from any sort of physical activity (except for walks and staying active like that…). I know 3 days off from working out may not seem like a real “rest”, but for me, even taking 2 days in a row off is a lot, so 3 days off in a row will likely feel a long time! Pending on how those days go, I may extend the break until next Wednesday, which is the next day I need to teach. I really need workouts for my mental sanity on top of physical fitness, so if I’m miserable then I’ll incorporate light, steady state cardio on Monday and Tuesday.

I’m excited to let my body heal and have some time to chill out. I have a million errands that I need to run this weekend, but I hope to get to the beach and relax, too. It will also be nice to have a few days where I am not planning my day around my workout (this has become so second nature to me that it doesn’t bother me, but it feels weird/nice when I don’t have to!). If nothing else, forcing myself to rest and relax might even turn out to be enjoyable? What a thought! 😉

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I’d love to hear your thoughts on taking extended rest days and listening to your body! When is the last time you gave yourself more rest than usual? Do you go through phases where you find yourself being too intense with your workouts? Have any nagging injuries?

Leave some suggestions of things I can do to keep myself occupied this weekend 🙂

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5 thoughts on “Listening to your body & taking rest

  1. Jean Brennan says:

    How about checking out where your closest library is? A good book and sitting in the sun is a lovely place to be whether in your back yard or at the beach!! Also, I am sure there is a farmers’ market in the area. Just nice to walk around and see what they have-you don’t have to buy if you don’t want to. Enjoy the weekend and take care of yourself.

    • Burpees to Bubbly says:

      Jean- those are great ideas!! I need to find myself a good book so I can get wrapped up into reading and relaxing with it. And there are always farmers markets around the city- I absolutely should go find one!

  2. suzanne gagnon says:

    Hi Nick, I totally agree with my buddy Jean–getting lost in a good read really works for me, especially when I am enjoying the sun at the same time(multitasking at it’s best!!) The Farmer’s Market idea is also great for someone who loves to cook healthy! Most of all, take care of yourself. Mom

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